David and Deepa wrote to union members on Monday, May 1, 2017, to alert them to this event:
Hands off Carimer: Rallies at 12pm today at three Rutgers University campuses.
Dear Union Members,
We write to you this morning with a profound sense of urgency and with new information regarding the Trump administration’s targeting of a Rutgers student.
Many of you will have already heard of the case of Carimer Andujar, a 21-year-old Rutgers-New Brunswick Engineering major. She has been ordered to appear before a Deportation Officer at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Newark on 9 May. Carimer is one of nearly 800,000 immigrants who arrived in the US as a child and enrolled in the Deferred Action against Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program set up under the Obama administration, allowing her to stay in the country.
Since January, however, the Trump administration has begun to break that promise and divide our university community. We insist upon the inviolability of our classrooms and our courses of study; Carimer must remain at Rutgers, free to study Engineering and live without fear of detention or deportation.
Therefore, we are asking every one of you to stand today with Carimer and tell the Trump administration #HandsOffCarimer!
Campus rally information:
Camden: 12-1pm, rally and speakout at the Walt Whitman statue in front of the Campus Center.
Newark: 12-1pm, rally and speakout in front of the Robeson Student Center.
New Brunswick: 12-1pm, rally and speakout at Voorhees Mall off College Ave.
There will be a free bus available for those in New Brunswick who would like to participate in the citywide Newark rally for immigrants’ and workers’ rights (at Lincoln Park at 2pm, marching to the Federal Building starting at 3pm). It will leave after the rally at 1pm from the corner of College Ave. and Seminary and return there after the Newark action ends at 5:30pm.
We hope to see you later today. Together we can do what we never could alone.
David and Deepa
David M. Hughes, President Rutgers AAUP-AFT
Deepa Kumar, Vice President Rutgers AAUP-AFT